Yosemite Finder Icon

Arvid Bräne - October 30th, 2014 - #Freebie, #Icon, #Personal

2014-10-30 06.39.18 pmI installed Yosemite about a week ago and I must say, it’s great (even on my +4 year-old MacBook Pro); the subtle blurs, the new dock look/behavior, the absence of gloss, the fact that Apple figured out how to do full-screen properly, the font-consistency, etc. There are unfortunately a few icons that ruin the overall OS X experience (see picture), so I decided to do something about it.

I started with, what I believe is, the hardest one; Finder. After drawing a number of different illustrations I finally decided to stick with the smilie-face. The new white/blue look has way too much contrast for my taste, the old dark blue/light blue is way better in my opinion. I also downloaded the Muir II icon-pack by Sebastian de With recently and really wanted to keep the same kind of tone. So here it is; my Finder icon replacement for Mac OS X Yosemite!

PS. For those of you who’ve never changed an icon before should check out LiteIcon. If you like it you might want to tweet about the this!

Download Finder.icns

Update for Mac OS X El Capitan

About a week ago Apple released their new operating system Mac OS X El Capitan. While it adds a bunch of new features it also takes away some; for example the ability to change system icons (like the Finder icon) due to their new System Integrity Protection. On top of this Apple decided to reset your customized icons back to their defaults. This could be the beginning of the end for custom themes in OS X. But fear not, there is a work-around! Simply follow these simple steps, provided by LiteIcon, and you’ll be up and running again in no-time:

  1. Restart your Mac, holding down the Command-R keys until the Apple logo appears, to boot into Recovery mode.
  2. From the Utilities menu, select Terminal.
  3. At the prompt type the following command and press enter:
    csrutil enable --without fs
  4. Restart your Mac and LiteIcon should allow you to change all icons.
  5. After changing the icons, you should re-enable SIP by following the above steps, but using csrutil enable instead.